Minister calls for network development

22 Oct 2004

Ethiopia’s Minister of Infrastructure says that the development of the country’s telecoms networks is essential in order to bring communications services to rural areas. Dr. Kasu Yilala said Ethiopia is one of the “least connected” countries in the world, with few of the 85% of the population which lives in outlying areas having access to telephony services. The state-owned monopoly fixed line operator Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) is planning to increase coverage by installing VSAT terminals in 600 regional administration centres, while the capacity of the country’s mobile networks is being expanded by 350,000 lines to a total of 610,000 lines by the end of the year. Ethiopia, a country with a population of over 65 million, was home to around 450,000 fixed line customers and 122,000 mobile subscribers at the end of March.

Ethiopia, Ethio Telecom